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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,    ETC.                303

St. Croix, March T&th.

Much of my intricate business is finished, and
I hope to get away soon, as the frigate is to come
down for me in a few days. I enjoy the best
health and spirits, rise early, take moderate ex-
ercise, and work hard till dinner, and play at
cards in the evening. This is a most hospitable
place, for the principal people live in the town,
and I have not once dined at home.

I find the weather delightful, though the wind
is too boisterous; but it tempers the air so well
that, although the thermometer at the window
marks 80, I do not feel greater warmth than in
our moderate summer weather. In the evening it
is really cold, and a cloth coat very comfortable.

The conversation here is generally of Toussaint
Louverture1 and St. Domingo. The last accounts
from thence say that General Leclerc has published
a proclamation of Bonaparte to the inhabitants, full
of equality and fraternity. Toussaint has retired
into the Grandbois mountains, and probably much
bloodshed will ensue. If pacific measures are

i Toussaint Louverture. This extraordinary man, who
rose from a common slave to the highest dignities in St.
Domingo, was eventually inveigled, or rather carried off to
France, and was thrown into prison, where he died in 1803,
not without suspicion of having been poisoned.